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Top 15 Things to Do in Detroit Michigan

From The Riverfront to The Detroit Zoo There Are Plenty of Things To Do In Detroit

Published: 2022-06-20 21:26:05

Detroit Michigan is home to a variety of family-friendly and interesting attractions. At Mighty Dog roofing contractors in Detroit, we both work hard and play hard. When we're not fixing roofs or inspecting homes, you can often find us out exploring Detroit. Here are some of our favorite things to do in the metro area.

Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo is a highly rated zoo located in Royal Oak, Michigan. The 125-acre site is home to more than 2,600 animals. Some of the popular exhibits include Macaque Monkeys, Lions, Penguins, Polar Bears, and even a Rhinoceros. The Detroit Zoo is open year-round with longer hours in the spring and summer months and features many family-friendly attractions such as the 4-D Theater, Carousel, and the Polk Penguin Conservation Center.

The Zoo is dedicated to conservation efforts, sustainability, the protection and fair treatment of animals, and more causes to protect and aid wildlife.

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The Henry Ford Museum is a large indoor-outdoor history museum complex located in Dearborn, Michigan, near Detroit. The massive facility includes several different museums, all focused on different aspects of American history and innovation.

The Henry Ford Museum is home to many famous artifacts such as the bus that Rosa Parks was arrested on, the Baldwin Steam Locomotive, Lincoln Rocking Chair.

The museum complex also includes the Greenfield Village living history museum which features restored historical buildings and homes from across America.

Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts is a world-renowned art museum located in the heart of downtown Detroit. The museum covers 658,000 square feet and houses 100 collections spanning a wide range of genres and periods.

Some of the most famous pieces in the collection include over 70 works by Van Gogh, making it the first public American museum to purchase a Van Gogh. Other exhibits include Printmaking in the Twenty-First Century, a more contemporary exhibition celebrating an inclusive variety of modern artists.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is open Tuesday-Sunday and admission is free for Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland County residents.

Motown Museum

The Motown Museum is a must-see for any music fan. The museum is located in the Hitsville U.S.A. building, the original headquarters of Motown Records.

The museum chronicles the history of Motown and features interactive exhibits, historic artifacts, and recordings of some of the label's most famous artists.

Though the Motown Museum is currently undergoing a long-anticipated expansion project, The Motown Museum is scheduled to reopen in Summer 2022 and return to its mission of preserving and sharing the Motown story. Until the reopening, you can still explore the exhibits online and learn more about the history of the museum.

Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre is a historic movie palace located in downtown Detroit. The theatre was built in 1928 and is one of the most ornate examples of Detroit's "Golden Age" architecture. It's the largest surviving movie palace of the 1920's and a visit is sure to teleport you back in time to an age of luxurious entertainment.

The Fox Theatre is now used as a performing arts venue and has hosted a wide range of events including Broadway shows, concerts, stand-up comedy, and movies.

The theatre is open for tours and tickets can be purchased online in advance for both tours and events. With over 5,000 seats, you're sure to be able to book a ticket for your favorite modern performer.

Belle Isle Aquarium

The Belle Isle Aquarium is located on Belle Isle, a 982-acre island park along the Detroit River. The aquarium is the oldest public aquarium in North America at 119 years old and is home to many species of fish and aquatic animals.

The Belle Isle Aquarium is open Friday-Sunday and admission is free, though donations are encouraged. The aquarium is trying to grow to its historic prestige, though tough economic times for Detroit in the early 2000's took its hit. Year by year the aquarium continues to grow and is currently a great weekend spot for the whole family.

The Reptarium - Michigan's Favorite Reptile Zoo

The Reptarium is home to a variety of reptiles and other animals, including pythons, boa constrictors, armadillos, and even a sloth. They also have a petting zoo and a gift shop. The zoo is open to the public from Friday to Sunday, and admission is $10, though kids under 2 are free. You can also add a reptile feeding experience to your ticket for a small increase.

C.J. Barrymore's

C.J. Barrymore's is an entertainment complex located in Clinton Township, Michigan. The complex features a variety of attractions including go-karts, laser tag, bowling, arcade games, and a variety of thrilling rides. This indoor-outdoor amusement park is a great place for both children and adults to enjoy an afternoon, with a variety of entertainment options available.

C.J. Barrymore's is open Friday through Sunday for most attractions but is open every day for the golf course. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.

Comerica Park

Comerica Park is the home of the Detroit Tigers, one of the city's professional baseball teams. The park is located in downtown Detroit and offers views of the city skyline from its seats. There is also a Ferris wheel, giant fountain, carousel, and food court for alternative entertainment for the whole family.

Fireworks, sculptures, a walk of fame, and a gift store are all found at the stadium for fans to enjoy. In the evening, adults can enjoy a beer hall or a private lounge for members. Comerica Park is open during the traditional MLB baseball season and tickets can be bought online in advance.

Franklin Cider Mill

The Franklin Cider Mill is a cider mill and bakery located in Franklin, Michigan. The mill was established in 1837 and is one of the oldest continuously operating businesses in the state. The almost 200-year-old mill is a historic location for Michigan, as it was founded the same year the territory gained statehood.

The cider you’ll find here is 100 percent natural with no preservatives and no pasteurization, it’s essentially the cleanest apple cider you’re likely to find. Enjoy the company of the local bee population while you enjoy a cup! Franklin Cider Mill relies on these pollinators to care for the apple orchards.

The Franklin Cider Mill is open September-October and tickets can be bought online in advance.

Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle

Unlike many of the other attractions on our list, Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle isn’t a place to bring the kids. This 18+ comedy club is located in Royal Oak, Michigan. The club features a variety of comedians from across the country and has an impressive drink menu featuring everything from artisan beers, to cocktails and wines.

If you prefer to much while you drink, chips, salsa, popcorn, and nachos are also on the menu.

Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle is open Wednesday-Sunday and tickets can be purchased online in advance.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest museum dedicated to the history and culture of African Americans.

The museum is in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood and features a variety of exhibits on topics such as the Underground Railroad, the Civil Rights Movement, and African American art.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is open Tuesday-Sunday and admission is free for Wayne County residents.

Cranbrook Art Museum

The Cranbrook Art Museum is an art museum located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The museum campus covers over 300 acres and is home to a collection of over 200 works of art, focusing on 20th-century and contemporary art.

Current exhibitions include the Homebody Collection in the lower galleries, and Building Cranbrook: Saarinen in Michigan, a collection covering the history of the historic estate. The Cranbrook Art Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday and admission is free on Thursdays.

Hart Plaza

Hart Plaza is a public plaza located in downtown Detroit. The riverfront plaza is home to a variety of events throughout the year, including the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Movement Electronic Music Festival.

Named for Senator Philip Hart, a Democratic senator from Detroit who served in the US Congress for nearly 20 years, Hart Plaza covers 14 acres and is a beautiful place to watch the sunset or enjoy some time outside. Hart Plaza is open 24/7 and no admission is needed.

West Riverfront

The West Riverfront is a public park located along the Detroit Riverfront. The park features a variety of amenities, including a walking/biking trail, picnic areas, and playgrounds. There is also a dog park, basketball court, and a skate park, all of which have been recently remodeled to serve the Detroit community.

The West riverfront is open daily and admission is free.


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